A 35-year-old man charged with murdering his two-year-old daughter during a family feud on Friday evening was ordered held in custody for at least the next four weeks while police continue their investigation. The defendant now claims he doesn’t remember a thing.
The violent feud and murder that took place outside a residential complex at Ellingsrud in Oslo left neighbours shocked. They have described the family as quiet and hyggelig (nice) before the bloody feud broke out that left four others injured, one of them critically.
The defendant, a refugee from Afghanistan whose asylum application had been rejected, was supposed to have left Norway last year. Now he’s been ordered held in isolation while his defense attorney also tries to establish a motive for the violence.
“It’s all involves a family conflict, I can’t offer any more details,” defense attorney Tor Kjærvik told newspaper Aftenposten on Tuesday.
The dead child’s mother and grandmother, both from Iraq, were among those wounded during what some described as a knife fight. Prosecutors contend that “all indications are that he (the 35-year-old) was the assailant and all the others were witnesses or victims.”